MEMORANDUM From the department of technology

~ Creswell public schools ~

“Preparing Students for success”

to:                   Creswell Board of Directors and Dr. Rick Stuber

from:              JOEL HIGDON, Technology Director

subject:        Activity report

date:              2/6/2006



  • Pentamation Update –


    • As you may recall this upcoming school year is our last contract year with Sungard Pentamation for electronic Student and Financial Services.  We are currently in a consortium contract with 14 other school districts in the Lane ESD.  Mrs. Heiss and I represent our district in a collective committee that has been reviewing options.   Several meetings and presentations have been attended.  Our options have been narrowed to three:  continue with Sungard Pentamation, move to Willamette ESD’s Pentamation product, or move to Linn-Benton-Lincoln ESD’s Edvantage Product.  Worth noting, the new contract may or may not be part of a consortium.


I have scheduled a meeting with the core Pentamation Users of our district for next week to discuss our options.  A group consensus is desired.  There are several factors to consider.  These include: cost, serviceability, and ODE compatibility to list a few.        


  • Technology Committee update –


    • Good progress continues to be made by the committee.  The updated Strategic District Technology Plan is on track.  Some updated language and expectations that the revised plan will include are: staff training, technology development, and student user agreements/conduct.  The end product will continue to be a dynamic document or guidepost for the district’s technology.


  • In the coming weeks I will be completing the annual “Technology Plan Criteria for Oregon’s Enhancing Education Through Technology (Title IID: Ed Tech) and E-rate Discounts” report. This report, upon verification from ODE, qualifies and meets compliance requirements for certain funding and discounts for the upcoming year.   


  • A recent workshop was hosted by the Technology Department for the building secretaries to develop best practices for attendance tracking and reporting as it is related to our ADM/funding.  With the recent change in our ADM reporting to the state this meeting was essential.  You may recall a discussion on this issue at last month’s board meeting.  The workshop was well received. 


District-wide and ongoing activities:


·         District technology budget                                 Technology maintenance and upkeep



Thank you.

Curriculum support                                            Staff training on District’s technology